What’s fueling this craze? I think a lot of it stems from the fact that we’re a lot more health-conscious today than we were just a decade ago, and jerky is fairly healthy—at least it is compared to many of the other options in the snack-food aisle. In its pure form, jerky is simply meat and salt. Of course, the ingredients list on mass-market jerky is a lot longer with unpronounceable additives. However, as hunters, we can control that, and the cost, by making jerky at home. And while I’ve never made Jerky Chew out of elk or deer, I just might have to try it.